Rubio: 'I'm not going to be the vice president'
April 14th, 2012
11:27 AM ET
2 years ago

Rubio: 'I'm not going to be the vice president'

(CNN) – Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida, widely speculated to be a top pick for the Republican presidential running mate, once again firmly denied he would join the GOP ticket.

"I'm not going to be the vice president," Rubio said Friday in an interview with CNN en Español's Ismael Cala. "I'm not."

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Last month, Rubio rolled out a big endorsement for Mitt Romney, adding fuel to the fire in talks over whether Rubio, whose parents emigrated from Cuba, would possibly be tapped for the Republican veep spot. Rubio, however, has repeatedly shot down the notion.

With Latino-Americans becoming a more influential voting bloc, politicians are increasingly growing more aggressive in their efforts to court their votes. But the junior senator argued Friday that choosing him as a running mate would not do the trick.

"I'll tell you, the Hispanic vote has to be earned," he said. "You can't just put somebody on there and say, 'This is gonna deliver it.' You've got to earn it, and primarily I think you earn it through economic policies."

Elected in 2010, Rubio was dubbed early on a rising star in GOP. He's known for bucking popular policies within the Latino community, such as the DREAM Act, a proposal that would grant a path to citizenship for minors in the country illegally, providing they served in the armed forces or attended college.

Instead, he sides with positions more inline with the Republican platform on immigration.

"I think a better approach is the one I've talked about, and that is providing these kids some sort of non-immigrant visa status so they can continue to study and then work in the U.S.," Rubio said. "Then at some point in the future they would be able to get in line, same line as everybody else in the world."

Asked if he was setting aside a vice presidential spot in hopes of aiming for higher office in the future, Rubio said: "Well I haven't thought about that in that way. I don't know what the future holds. I want to do a good job as a U.S. senator.

"I think if I do that, I'll have opportunities to do different things in future."

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Filed under: 2012 • 2012 VP Pick • Florida • Marco Rubio
soundoff (87 Responses)
  1. Republicans are Neanderthals

    Why would Rubio want to join a loosing ticket?

    He hasn't earned his chops as a senator. 2016 would be a much better time and might even run for the top spot. Although all this Latino stuff appears to be overblown.

    Miami Cubans speak Spanish, but they are not really Latino.

    April 14, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. rs

    Rubio is right. With his inability to tell the truth, he'll never be selected for V.P., except perhaps by Mr. Romney, who has now elected to do away with reality in his campaign.

    April 14, 2012 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  3. Carl Peteron

    I still think he will be. He is sharp and a great speaker. When Mitt Romney is elected president in November and then takes office in January, Rubio will be a great asset in the Romney Administration. He will be part of getting this mess caused by Obama straightened out and putting us back to sanity, both fiscally and morally.

    April 14, 2012 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  4. Dave from Florida

    Rubio knows enough about the vetting process and that he has too many 'skeletons' in his closet that he doesn't want published nationally. Lies about his parents immigration and misuse of Republican Party credit card while he was a State Legislature in Florida, are just the beginning!! Mismanaged personal finances, student loan indebtedness, he might be an eloquent speaker (aka: Obama), but unlike Obama, Marco Rubio will never serve in the oval office!! He would hardly help with the Latino vote, most 'illegal' immigrants from Mexico and other South American Countries don't like the preferential treatment afforded to 'illegal Cuban' immigrants. America allows Cubans to stay once they set foot on dry land. All immigrants are not treated as equals by the United States.

    April 14, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  5. ME

    Handsome fellow!!!

    April 14, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  6. steven harnack

    Well he's right about that! Even if he IS "the pick". To be fair to the Republicans, it is so rare for them to have a minority member that it's only natural that they would treat them as an exhibit, like a favored pet.

    April 14, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  7. rightospeak

    A wise decision. If you run with a clown, people will think that you are a clown. The criticism in the article about Marco Rubio's stance on illigal immigration is unfounded-yes, it is not as politically correct as the author of this article would like. To me Rubio indicated leadership qualities by not being a globalist, politically correct dummy like so many others.
    Besides , Mitt is no match for Obama.
    Mitt and Obama are going to "create" jobs by shipping more jobs to China .

    April 14, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  8. reinadelaz

    Why would he run with Romney? Any idiot can see Obama's going to win this one.

    April 14, 2012 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  9. Johanna Bergeron

    Rubio is smart.. He knows he will be president someday.

    April 14, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  10. Don

    of course you're not.......Romney would have to win for you to even get the chance.

    April 14, 2012 02:32 pm at 2:32 pm |
  11. saftgek

    The GOP continues to be so unbelievable! First, the field of candidates in the Primaries. Unrealistic possibility after another was put "up front." Each fell as they opened their mouths. The "survivor" is so incredibly unqualified that it is laughable. His every comment seems to be the "Flavor of the Day," based on his audience.

    Now, the conversation of who will be the running mate. "Marco Rubio" – who is he? Beyond being one percent of the U.S. Senate, who is he?

    Finally, the War on the Middle Class, the War on the Low Income, the War on Racial Minorities, and the War on Women! Exactly how will the GOP sustain all these wars, and expect to win in November? I realize the Party believes the voters are a collect bunch of ninnies. Sad for the GOP, there are many of us – independent and informed. We see through the veil of fabrication, half-truths and outright lies that continue to pour from the oral orifices of the so-called GOP 'leadership."

    Lest this so-called "Grand Old Party" continue to delude themselves, informed & astute voters know full-well the purported "Obama-induced problems of the country" were induced solely by the GOP. The most important war being waged by the GOP is the War on the Obama Administration. Because of the Party's overt & covert racially & politically-driven hatred toward President Obama, the GOP declared a War on Obama as of January 20, 2009.

    There are 2 relevant issues in the Presidential Race of 2012: 1) the GOP has not one bit of interest in "the people,' and 2) the Obama Administration is the only buffer against the GOP's intent to lay waste to our country – much like the Bush-Cheney Regime did from 2000 – 2008.

    Open minds, hopefully, will prevail in November. They can – must – deliver us from the threat the GOP poses!

    April 14, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  12. R

    Although I am disappointed that Ricky Rubio does not wish to be VP, am sure the T Wolves are relieved. I think they will need him next season to have any chance.

    April 14, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  13. t.o.

    Joe biden is too old obama need new vice president

    April 14, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  14. Bushper

    Rubio had seen the writing on the wall.

    April 14, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  15. GetEd

    Yes Scott, he seems like that to uneducated people like you, and is well liked by them. Obama is in a different class altogether, superior on every single level, very well liked by people who think.

    April 14, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  16. The Choobs

    Neither was Cheney...until he headed Bush's committee to find a VP and "somehow" ended up getti g the nod. Denials mean NOTHING in the VP game. It's very odd! And anyway, yes, even if he gets the VP nomination from Romney, Biden will still be the next VP.

    April 14, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  17. ObjectiveGuy

    I like Rubio, and feel he would bring a lot to the ticket. While I can certainly admire his position of wanting to become a more seasoned politician before moving on to higher office, that certainly didn't stop Obama. At this point, Rubio has more experience as a senator than Obama did when he launched his bid for the presidency. Rubio should definitely accept the VP nomination if it is offered to him–he would do an outstanding job.

    April 14, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  18. Name max

    Just don't involve

    April 14, 2012 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  19. petena

    You are darn right. You ARENOT going to be VP. Not even a Latino, like me, will vote for you. Adios amigo.

    April 14, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  20. valwayne

    This is the way the game is played. Romney / Rubio 2012!!!

    April 14, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  21. PMD

    Is he a natural born U.S. Citizen? If not, he's not qualified. A Cuban-American politician will not bring the Latino votes, except for Cubans. Unlike the other Latinos, Cubans does not have to go through with the same immigration process as the rest of us did.

    April 14, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  22. Manny

    Yes we know that Rubio will not become Vice President. He might be the GOP nominee for VP though. Even he knows that Romney is not electable.

    April 14, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  23. brian

    If Meek had dropped out Charlie Christ would be Senator and most people would have never heard of this guy and the world would be a better place.

    April 14, 2012 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  24. Whoosh

    He will need ,as a start, the certified original long form Birth Certificate, all school transcipts (kindergarten to, thru college) and a better Bio than the one he's been peddling, an english exam and a memo stating that has voted for the "english only" bills that has surface in the florida legislature. That's a start.

    April 14, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  25. ArtInChicago

    Thank God.

    April 14, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
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